Eligibility cutoff for the 2012-13 legit season is April 25, with nominations set to be announced April 30.
The Tonys had spent the last two years at the Beacon Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, having been pushed out of Radio City by the launch of Cirque du Soleil summertime offering “Zarkana.” That show’s multi-week engagements in both 2011 and 2012 had booked Radio City during the Tony’s annual early-June slot, forcing the theater awards to seek a new home.
The middling New York response to “Zarkana” means that title won’t be back this year, allowing the Tonys to return to the theater where they had taken place for more than a decade prior to the stint at the Beacon. Although the 6,000-seat Radio City, seating twice as many people as the Beacon, allows a larger number of attendees at the ceremony, some legiters will miss the Beacon in part because many in the industry felt the venue’s stage dimensions helped the ceremony look better on the telecast.
Announcement of Tony dates is largely a formality, since the Broadway season has been chugging along for months now with an assumed April 25 finish line. As is often the case, there’s a pileup toward the end of April with two openings planned for April 16 (“The Big Knife,” “The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream”), two for April 18 (“Orphans,” “Jekyll and Hyde”) and the final show of the season, “Pippin,” already locked for April 25.
Ceremony is usually set for that second Sunday in June, a slot that often places the kudocast in TV ratings competition with basketball playoffs. Host and other kudofest details have yet to be set.